Still Life Courses | London

Still Life Course

Term dates, short courses & prices here.

Course Overview

When working from a plaster cast, figure or portrait model, good draughtsmanship is essential.  However, it is also important to have an opportunity to focus on the paint quality or colours.  Eventually everything comes together in the perfect masterpiece!

Course Structure

Wednesday & Thursday 9.45am-12.45pm and 1.30-4.30pm.

A 3 day still-life painting course is also held in late March / early April.

Term dates & prices here.

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Course Content

Still life painting is a wonderful means by which to explore and develop the fundamentals of drawing and painting:

  1. Proportion and relative proportion
  2. Composition and the relationships of objects.
  3. Colour
  4. Focus and Edges
  5. Art material and techniques

It is also part of every student’s Foundation Course, as it allows them to systematically move through the different stages of the learning process (as above). A student will start with plaster casts but move onto still life painting in their first term. The foundation course is held every term and as a 4/5 day course in October and July.


Starter Painting Kit and further art materials are available from Lavender Hill Colours.

Recommended Further Studies:

We encourage students to compliment their studies by taking the time to visit exhibitions and practice sketching in museums. In addition, the Studios host a range of events throughout the term aimed at enhancing the artist’s understanding of their craft and the tradition that they are working within.

We recommend the following books available from Lavender Hill Colours.

Alla Prima II – Richard Schmid (paper back or hard cover)

Alla Prima Companion II – Katie Swatland

The Painter’s Methods & Materials – A.P.Laurie

Hensche on Painting – John W. Robichaux

A Manual of Oil Painting – John Collier

The Painter in Oil – Daniel B.Parkhurst

Oil Painting Techniques and Materials – Harold Speed


Still Life Painting Courses | London
Still Life Painting Courses | London
Still Life Painting Courses | London
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